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Prepare for the Around the Crown 10K

The Around the Crown 10K is three months away, but upcoming races and events will help stretch those legs.

A group of runners with a person pointing to an Around the Crown 10k banner in Uptown Charlotte.

The Around the Crown 10K draws thousands of runners to Uptown Charlotte every September.

Photo by Samuel Martin via Around the Crown 10K

Get ready to run. Registration is open for the Around the Crown 10K. The annual event will lead runners and walkers along I-277 and through Uptown Charlotte on Sunday, Sept. 1

“Brian [Mister] and his wife were stuck in I-277 traffic and thought ‘I could run to my destination faster than sitting in this traffic’,” said Mindy Smith, Senior Account Executive at Darby Communications. Around the Crown launched in 2018, showcasing the Queen City from a different vantage point.

The Labor Day weekend race temporarily shuts down I-277, bringing 7,000 people to Uptown.

Mister’s goal is making the race achievable for everyone. Organizers launched a Pay What You Can with Truist to allow runners the ability to choose their registration fee based on their budget.

“Mister is trying to ensure finances are not a barrier,” said Smith. Organizers are also working with CATS to provide transportation. Details are TBA.

Runners passing under a street sign on I-277.

After running a mile in Uptown, racers enter I-277 for 3 miles and go “around the crown.”

Photo via Around the Crown 10K

Not ready to do the 10K right now? Organizers created ways to get you prepared for the starting line, including the First Timer’s Club. “The club is geared toward people who are new to running, need the distance, or just need that accountability,” said Smith.

Organizers have also dedicated an entire webpage to training, complete with a goal calendar and exercises perfect for stretching.

“Around the Crown really does celebrate all abilities,” said Smith. “It’s so cool to be out there, in the start line, with all types of people and see that energy come alive, there’s nothing like it.”

Two runners in Noda with a black dog with the skyline behind them.

The NoDa 5K welcomes 2,000 runners to do a loop starting and ending at NoDa Brewing on N. Tryon St.

Photo via NoDa 5K

Ahead of ATC, train by attending the NoDa 5K. It’s scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m. The event leads runners through a loop — starting and ending at NoDa Brewing Co.

Registration is open but spots may be limited. Prior to the race, peruse an art show and food trucks. After the race, stick around for awards + brews.